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Trading Spaces: The Colonial Marketplace and the Foundations of American Capitalism

Emma Hart


When we talk about the economy, “the market” is often just an abstraction. While the exchange of goods was historically tied to a particular place, capitalism has gradually eroded this connection to create our current global trading systems. In Trading Spaces, Emma Hart argues that Britain’s colonization of North America was a key moment in the market’s shift from place to idea, with major consequences for the character of the American economy. Hart’s book takes in the shops, auction sites, wharves, taverns, fairs, and homes of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century America—places where new mecha ... More

Keywords: markets, capitalism, eighteenth century, British America, public good, Pennsylvania, South Carolina

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226659817
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226659954.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emma Hart, author
University of St. Andrews